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Westerly’s Professional Development Seminar

We hope that all who attended found our Professional Development seminar constructive – we certainly had a great time organising the evening. Thanks to all who came along for the evening.

Thanks also to those who supported us in organising and running the evening, including the ETAWA, the TRBWA, UWA’s Faculty of Arts, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and all our speakers: Dr. Tony Hughes-d’Aeth Dr. Catherine Noske, Dr. Lucy Dougan and Claire Jones from the University of Western Australia, Charlotte Guest from University of Western Australia Publishing and Cate Sutherland from Fremantle Press. This support is greatly appreciated!

The five papers given all aimed to offer some new perspectives on the 2016 ATAR syllabus. Supporting material from these papers is now available here to download – powerpoint from the lectures, and excerpts from two of the new texts discussed.

From Dr. Tony Hughes-d’Aeth’s lecture on Julia Leigh’s The Hunter.

An excerpt from Amanda Curtin’s Inherited, related to Charlotte Guest’s lecture. Notes to the text can be found on UWAP’s website, here. A summary of Charlotte’s lecture has also appeared in their blog, and is here.

From Dr. Catherine Noske’s lecture on creative writing pedagogy.

From Dr. Lucy Dougan and Claire Jones’ lecture on poetry in the classroom.

An excerpt from Brendan Ritchie’s Carousel, related to Cate Sutherland’s lecture. A Westerly review of the text can also be found here, with teacher’s notes available via Fremantle Press’ website, here.

Westerly is looking to continue our program of Professional Development for teachers. We are planning several opportunities for 2016. If you would like to continue the discussion, we welcome your comments or feedback. We also still have a few packs of the material provided on the night, so if you missed out, please get in touch by emailing us at westerly@uwa.edu.au.

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  1. Dan Burke says:

    Thanks for this. Do you still do school teacher PD’s/seminars?
    Dan Burke

  2. Kate says:

    Hi Dan,

    Westerly hasn’t run any seminars, but several of us in English at UWA are offering PD. I’m sure we could arrange something for you up in Geraldton? Contact me by email – you can find me here: https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/catherine-noske

    All best,

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